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Frustrating season for Lady Comets’ basketball continues

SoVaNow.com / January 21, 2013
The frustrating winter season continued in full force for the Halifax County High School varsity girls’ basketball team Saturday night at home against GW-Danville.

The Comets dropped a 64-35 decision and are 0-5 in the Western Valley District and 7-10 overall.

GW settled the deal early, outscoring the Lady Comets 20-10 in the first quarter and 23-13 in the second period. By halftime, GW owned a 43-23 edge and the Comets could not rally.

“The girls played hard all night long which I was proud of them for that. They worked hard all night long and battled all night. That is one thing that I can say about this team they are a bunch of fighters and don’t give up even when things go bad which I am extremely proud to say about this team,” coach Billy Lucas said.

The first half saw GW stake an early lead.

“One of the main reasons that they got an early lead was they were able to hit shots and we didn’t. We had a lot of good looks at the basket but we just didn’t convert. GW did press us and a few times in the first half it gave us some problems and lead to some turnovers. But we did a decent job of breaking it but when we did and had our scoring opportunities it just didn’t work out for us,” Lucas said.

“(The) second half we were down and the girls trying to get back into the game forced more passes trying to cut into the lead early. This led to some turnovers early on and some easy baskets for GW. GW from there was able to extend their lead and everything because of this. However the girls still played hard even at this point.

“Overall I was very proud of the girls cause of how they battled and pushed even when things went bad for us,” Lucas said.

HCHS got 13 points from Alexia Tucker, who made all four of her foul shots. Ashley Hill had five and Che’lese Bowman added six.

In earlier action the Lady Comets lost to Franklin County Tuesday, and then Heritage on Wednesday night, 63-34.

Morgan Pannell led Heritage with 19 points and Chantal Calmore added 14 in the Pioneers’ win.

Halifax did not have the same kind of offensive options.

“The girls came out and got down early in the first quarter. However they fought back and played hard all night long. Che’lease Bowman had a tremendous night for us. She hit five threes against Heritage and ended the game with 19 points for us. The girls even though they got down still fought hard and played hard all night long.” Bowman provided most of the offense for HCHS. Danyelle Edmonds had two points, while Janiyah Logan had six points. Brittani Boxley had five.

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